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Thread #57117 Message #900432
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
28-Feb-03 - 12:04 PM
Thread Name: BS: RF: Fry Me to the Moon. Cooking advice.
Subject: RE: BS: RF: Fry Me to the Moon. Cooking advice.
Mary, I think my dad used to buy his salmon from a fisherman out on the rez--I don't know what the price was there. Fish bought right at the port by locals it is cheapest. It's certainly freshest and best. The last summer I lived in the Northwest I worked at Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands, and there was extremely fresh fish available that can't be duplicated in any way by folks who have to ship it. We can get frozen salmon here in Texas, the pale pink varieties, for as low as .99 a pound when they get it in bulk, but it isn't the redder, oilier really good salmon. (When the Copper River salmon comes in price is no object--it goes through the roof!)
You could find yourself in a small business just supplying Mudcatters, even if you marked it up to cover your time. Get it fresh, freeze it fast, ship it overnight. . . its the details to get it out quickly that make it more expensive. Years ago a friend bought a good frozen whole salmon from a local restaurant in Bellingham, wrapped it in dozens of layers of newspaper and put it in her suitcase. It was a welcome Thanksgiving substitute for turkey for a group of Northwesterners who gathered at her son's house in Vienna, Virginia that year!